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the subway tracks. >>> in russia, president vladimir putin signed a bill banning americans from adopting russian children. let's take a live look now from the russian embassy here in d.c. if we could. the law putin signed is reportedly in retailation for a new law in the u.s. that calls for sanctions against russian officials for human rights abuses. it takes effect january 1st and it also blocks dozens of children already in the process of being adopted by americans from leaving russia. >>> still ahead at 7:00, a closer look at the fiscal cliff fight and what it would take to get a deal done. >> plus, moving on out, after pounding the nation for days, a monster winter storm is finally losing its steam. we're going to take a look at the damage and travel delays it left behind. >> first, here's dave. >> sarah, the biggest game in decades is almost upon us. just two days away from the redskins and cowboys to decide the nc east crown. >> thank you, dave. hello. as we head to the break, live look outside. we're going to get the latest weather and traffic from tucker and jeff coming up next.
rebel operations in the eastern city of aszohr. meanwhile, russia's top diplomat and international envoy to syria met in moscow and they are calling for a syrian-led political transition. they warn the conflict is becoming more militarized and sectarian. >> the conflict is not only more and more militarized, it is also more and more sectarian. and if we are not careful, if the syrians themselves are not careful, it will be a mainly sectarian conflict with really dire consequences for the people of syria. >> the meeting appears to signal a shift in position by russia. so far moscow has opposed efforts by the u.n. security council to oust syrian president who has been a longtime ally. >>> meanwhile, a member of russia's parliament is trying to reverse part of a controversial law banning all adoptions by americans. the state-run news agency says the lawmaker is submitting an amendment that would allow americans to adopt children with disabilities. but the u.s. is hoping for a total reversal and so are hundreds of americans waiting to adopt russian orphans. lisa silvester has more. >> report
russia in the coming year. >> this is the crib we have. >> reporter: they are just one of hundreds that have been caught in an international political showdown. president vladimir putin plans to sign the ban on adoptions to the u.s. this was russia's response to president obama's anticorruption law. it denies russian officials from getting u.s. visas if they were associated with human rights violations. >> it's tragic these children are potentially going to fall victim to senseless politics. >> reporter: the national council for adoption says with 700,000 russian orphans the kids are the ones caught in this political web. >> most of them have been matched with children. they consider these children part of their family already. they've introduced them via pictures and other methods to their siblings here in the united states. and it's really heartbreaking. >> reporter: a heartbreak that could become a reality that can do nothing but wait, watch and hope. >> we're the fong family. we want to provide a home to at least one boy from russia. and we have a home, we have a loving family.
apart. russia officially bans the adoption of russian children by americans. >>> and for the second time in a month, a man pushed to his death from a new york city subway platform in the path of an oncoming train. wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley. you're in "the situation room." >>> all eyes on that white house this hour. and the meeting that may be the last best chance to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff. right now, the leaders of the house and senate are sitting down with president obama in a search for an 11th hour deal to prevent severe tax hikes and spending cuts from automatically kicking in with the new year. cnn's chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is getting new details. jess can ka, what are you hearing about that meeting? >> reporter: candy, the president is going to explain or reiterate the position he took on friday, that he would like a plan that extends tax rates for people who make $250,000 and below but raises them for those who make more than that. that it extends unemployment benefits for americans. and if the president, i'm told will
. the suspect claims the victim was the aggressor in that. well, it is official. russia has banned american families from adopting russian children. we knew it was coming and apparently it is is in retaliation. the russian government is angry because the u.s. is drawing attention to its human rights violations. now, the u.s. state department firing back with an appeal on behalf of the little children already matched with parents waiting to come to the united states. and a lot of you are hoping this week's monster snow storm might help ease the nation's crip bling drought. but now business owners say they may have to resort to backup plans. mine was earned off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because offers a superior level of protection, and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans and their families is without equal. begin your legacy, get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. meet the 5-passenger ford c-max hybrid. when you're carryin
for a cough. >> a deadly plane crash in russia tonight. what investigators believe happened. >> following developing news from russia, where a passenger plane has crashed as it as it attempted to land in moscow. 4 people of the eight who were on board were killed, 4 others seriously injured. and the the woman who was gang raped in india at two weeks ago has died. the police in new delhi are urging people to stay calm. there have already been riots and the city. the crowds have demanding punishment for six people arrested in the attack. the woman and a male companion were insulted on a bus. the woman had severe organ failure from the injuries to her body and brain. >> an arrest and charges against a woman who pushed a subway passenger to his death in queens. she is charged with murder as a hate crime. investigators say the man was pushed in front of the subway train thursday night. the police released this sketch thursday night and said the tip led to our rest -- her arrest. >> a connecticut lawyer wants to sue the state for $100 million on behalf of the six-rolled survivor. -- a 6-year-o
by russia's president overnight that bans adoptions by u.s. citizens. agonizing news for american couples looking to start or expand their families. nbc's michelle kosinski is here this morning with more. >> it more russian children are adopted here in america than any other country. we're talking tens of thousands of country over the last 20 years or so. as of this morning, russia has just made this illegal effective immediately in a sort of diplomatic dispute with the u.s. that seems to have very little to do with the children. they're like any proud parent. americans posting their stories of adopting russian children, showing their happiness on the internet. >> so we're leaving. >> this family traveled to russia in 2007 overjoyed to adopt ben. >> you've gotten to be a big boy. >> a head full of hair. >> i know. like daddy's. >> a relationship that took nearly a year to get started. >> it's a million pieces of paper. you laugh about it, but it really is quite an intensive process. >> now at home, ben just turned 7, very much an all-american boy. >> how about some milk? >> i hate milk. >
for another addition for the family from russia in the coming year. >> this is our crib for our son. >> reporter: they are just one of hundreds caught in a international political showdown. president vladimir putin was defiantly saying he planned to sign the ban on adoptions to the u.s. the country's legislative branch had just passed the bill unanimously. this was russia's response to president obama's anticorruption law that denies russian officials from getting u.s. visas if they were associated with human rights violations. >> it's very tragic that these children are potentially going to fall victim to really the senseless politics. >> reporter: lauren koch with the national council for adoption says, with 700,000 russian orphans, the kids are the ones caught in the political web. >> most of them have been matched with children. they consider these children part of their families already. they have introduced, you know, them via pictures and other methods to their siblings here in the united states. and it's really heartbreaking. >> bring it over here so we can see it. >> repor
in russia. also we're learning more about the suspect accused of pushing a man in front of a new york subway. her surprising confession. >>> and new photos from mars. >>> that's new dash cam video tonight of a deadly plane crash in moscow. this was posted on youtube and shows the moment a red wings airline plane overshoots the runway at russia's third largest airport and comes to rest near the highway. there were no passengers on the plane and apparently no one on the ground was hurt but at least four members of the eight person crew died. investigators still trying to figure out why the plane veered off the runway. we're getting our first look at the woman accused of pushing a man in front of a subway train in queens. police have charged 31-year-old erica menendez with murder as a hate crime. she was arrested this morning after someone recognized her from this surveillance video. menendez is accused of shoving 46-year-old sodano sen onto the tracks as the train approached on thursday. police she she admitted to doing it because she said she hated hindus and muslims since the 9/11 terrorist
survived. >>> in russia a crash scene at the country's third busiest airport. and now we have learned at least four people died there and others were badly injured. the airliner slid off the runway which is about 17 miles from the center of moscow. the plane landing partly on the highway before breaking into pieces and catching fire. officials saying there were those eight people on board because the jet was returning from the czech republic. they say initial indications point to pilot error as the cause. into. >>> a new development in the wake of the connecticut school masacre. an attorney seeking permission to sue the state for $100 million on behalf of a six-year-old survivor. the attorney says the potential lawsuit is about improving school security. it is not about money, he says. he claims the connecticut board of education and the state education commissioner failed to take steps to protect the children from, quote, foreseeable harm. he says his client whom he is not identifying suffered serious emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the shooting. >>> the fbi is repo
tonight from moscow. >> reporter: when russia bans adoptions to the united states, this is who gets caught in the middle. an american mother and a 5 1/2-year-old orphan with spina bifida named paulina. >> one, two. >> reporter: a little girl, who is already learning to count in english. and tells her mommy that she loves her. >> i love you. >> i love you, too. >> reporter: kendra and her husband last saw paulina just a few days ago on a visit to her orphanage outside moscow. now, with the love only a mother can feel, she worries what will happen to her daughter. >> i can't help her. i can't tell her that i love her. so -- it's really hard. >> reporter: americans have adopted over 60,000 russian children since the fall of the soviet union. but russian officials have pointed to the cases of 19 children who died after being adopted by americans. and in 2010, russia erupted in fury after a 7-year-old boy named artem was sent back to russia alone by his american adoptive mother, carrying a note saying he'd become too difficult to handle. but children's rights advocates say this new ban is playi
to a chilly relationship between the u.s. and russia, the future of a lot of children is hanging in the balance. so details on that, straight ahead. ♪ >>> welcome back, everyone. and welcome is what dozens of american families may not get the chance to do when it comes to children they're hoping to adopt from russia. >> russian president vladamir putin will sign a bill blocki i americans from adopting russian children. >> reporter: when russia bans adoptions to the united states, this is who gets caught in the middle. an american mother and a 5 1/2-year-old orphan with spina bifida. a little girl who is already learning to count in english and tells her mommy she loves her. >> i love you, too. >> reporter: kendra skags and her husband last saw paulina a few days ago. now, with the love only a mother can feel, she worries what will happen to her daughter. >> i can't help her. i can't tell her i love her. so it's really hard. >> reporter: americans have adopted over 60,000 russian children since the fall of the soviet union. but russian officials have pointed to the cases of 19 c
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coming to us from the moscow airport where a russian plane has crashed. russia's interior ministry said the plane overshot the runway. eight people are on board, four are reported killed. four others are seriously injured. the redwing flight broke into pieces. smoke is billowing from the aircraft. the plane was heading from the czech republic. >>> people across india are mourning the death of a young woman they're calling lightning. she was savagely beaten and gang raped on a bus in new delhi earlier this month in a case which has galvanized the country. protesters have been taking part in candlelight vigils. they want more protection for women in india which has seen a surge in rape attacks. six suspects are in custody in the 23-year-old's death. they face murder as well as rape charges. >>> russia's top diplomat and international envoy to syria are warning that syria's civil war is threatening the fragile stability of the mideast. u.n. arab league envoy rahimi met with russian foreign minister lavrov in moscow today. they're trying to bring the regime and rebels to the bargaining tabl
to do legos ? >> including this one-time disabled orphan from russia. this 21-year-old came to the united states when he was 15 and made incredible strides. a famous poet in his homeland when he was just 12, this ut grad now has prosthetic legs and can now walk. better yet, he has a family. >> i know how much my life has changed. >> the united nations children fund unicef estimate there are 740,000 orphans in russia and historically more of russia's orphans have gone to america over any other country. our thanks to melissa cutler from kdfw in dallas for that story. >>> this is the fox report. it is the bottom of the hour now and time for the top of the news. last minute back and forth negotiations are happening at this hour behind closed doors on capitol hill. a live look as top senate leaders try to find a solution to the fiscal cliff. and it looks like they are not planning to take a break anytime soon. for more on what may be going on inside the capitol tonight, we are joined by fox senior producer. before the commercial, chad, i was saying you had new developments. tell
last night, russia's lower house of parliament has adopted a bill that bans americans from adopting russian children. pretty important when you consider that more than 45,000 u.s. adoptions came from russia over the last 12 years. the bill now goes to the upper house of russia's parliament for a vote next week. if it passes there, president vladimir putin will pass or veto the legislation. >>> it's now been 505 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back in the stock market doesn't like washington's fiscal cliff fight. all three of the major indices closed lower today by nearly 1%. >>> our fourth story "outfront," a day of mourning. one week after 27 people were shot and killed in newtown, connecticut, communities across the nation paid tribute with a moment of silence. the tributes began at 9:30 this morning, the same time those first 911 calls came in to report the shooting last friday. firefighters stood solemnly in the rain as they paused to remember the 20 children and six adults who were gunned down at sandy hook elementary school. more tha
president. >> new information into a plane crash that killed four people in russia. what happened to another airplane from the same airline just days ago. >> why an attorney for a new town massacre survivor says the state of connecticut is to blame. if >> how of >> we're learning more tonight about the crash of a russian airplane in moscow. four people were killed after the red wing airplane broke into pieces and caught fire while landing. four people were hurt. your plane rolled off the runway into a snowy field. another red wing airplane went off the runway in siberia on december 20. the official said that crash happened because the airplanes engines failed to go into reverse during landing. >> a woman is in jail tonight charged with pushing a man to his death in front of a new york city subway train. she was charged with the murder as a hate crime in the death of the man. he was killed thursday. the detectives arrested the woman yesterday after somebody spotted a woman who resembled the person seen on surveillance tape after the incident. >> the lawyer for a 6-year-old survivor of the sch
children were shot and killed by gunman adam lanza that day. russia playing politics. putting their kids at risk. their orphans at risk. president vladimir putin has banned americans from adopting russian children. the move reportedly is in response to human rights violations handed down by president obama earlier this year -- earlier this month rather. putin's new law destroying the dreams of many american families currently in the process of adopting, including this. >> they were already our family. we already had their names. we were already decorating their room. it's really. [crying] >> are you crying? it? >> is so disturbing, this story. 1,000 russian children were adopted by americans last year. children are disabled. not wanted by anybody else in russia. living in orphanages. not available for adoption. a the love these families have gotten really close to the adoption. set everything up and can't go pick up the kids. horrible. anyway, a maryland pizza delivery man fights off a group of attackers. his reward? a demotion. >> he sucker punched me. my glasses flew off. i dropped the
push to end the bloody war in syria. russia's foreign minister and the u.n. envoy, for syria are meeting today and both are calling for a a long-sd piece initiative that calls for a transitional government leading to elections. this meeting coming as new violence erupts between government and rebel forces. that violence has left dozens dead. in fact so far the death toll, it was at 40,000 and it now supposedly topped 45,000. but we are having a meeting this weekend between that u.n. envoy for syria and russia's foreign minister. they will be discussing this plan for a transitional government and we're going to talk more about that right now with fox news military analyst general jack keane, a four-star general and former vice chief of staff of the army. thank you for joining us, general. >> good to be here, patti ann. patti ann: back in june the world powers in geneva came up with this proposal for a unity government. both the assad regime and the opposition rejected it because it would involve the two sides sharing power. now they want to revive the plan but is it desirable?
here? >> reporter: yes, gregg. russia is furious about a u.s. law which puts visa bans and asset freezes on 60 russians that congress believes were involved in some way or complicit in the deaths of a russian lawyer in jail in 2009. now he was investigating a massive fraud case at the request of a u.s. company in russia that believed millions of dollars it paid to the russian government in tax money were diverted, stolen by russians with connections to the government. he was 30 self -- 37 years old when he died and the allegations are that at best he was denied medical treatment while in jail. at worse he was tortured. russia has been very defiant in this case and trying him posthumously for fraud. the russian government passed this ban, what appears to be retaliatory law prohibiting americans from adopting russian orphans, naming the law after a 2-year-old boy who died while in the custody of u.s. adopted parents a few years ago. gregg? gregg: amy, are there repercussions here? >> reporter: there certainly are. even though this law was passed pretty much unanimously in russia's
. the president of russia has just signed a bill, banning americans from adopting russian children. and this now blocks kids from being adopted by american families, leaving russia, to move here to start a new life. abc's lama hasan has the latest from london. good morning to you, lama. >> reporter: good morning to you, josh. this controversial new bill banning u.s. citizens from adopting russian children is igniting a firestorm among human rights activists, saying this law victimizes children to make a political point. now, the u.s. is the biggest destination for adopted russian children. some 60,000 of them have been given homes by americans since the fall of the soviet union. what's more heart breaking, there's nearly 52 children in the process of being adopted by american families right now. in some cases, families who have been waiting years to complete the adoption process. so, this new law will now block those kids from leaving russia. meaning, they will not be coming to the u.s. and given a new home. and so far, the u.s. has not responded. josh? >> thank you. amy? >> heartbreaking story
different fates and the fate of poland and the fate of aolliaula and russia and in many cases, the degree to which civil society and those society had been maintained or reconstructed that made the big difference between how well they recovered. >> civil society can be quite nasty itself. a lot of the most, the nastiest islamist groups in the middle east tend to be very rich, civil society organizations that provide soevl welfacial welfare happen to believe in islam and powers in europe, as well. >> the interesting thing about islam, the islamist movements in that part of the world are at an important turning point. until now, they've had a lot of credit, if you will, and a lot of the populations put a lot of faith in them because they were the only alternative to the government. i mean, either because they were somehow tolerated or because they were able to be more powerful because they had access to mosques and better way of organizing people. they were often the only civil society organizations that were allowed to be functioning. now that the regimes have fallen and now that there's m
extraordinary videotape. >> out of russia. a plane crash outside of moscow. we'll begin with this stunning video. the plane overshot the runway and careened into traffic and abc has the story. >> reporter: you're about to see the terrifying moment of impact as the russian passenger jet slams into a busy highway. watch again. you can see the plane's tire colliding with the moving car. and listen closely. you can hear the squealing brakes and crushing metal. the crash took place on saturday at an airport outside moscow. the red wing's airline's flight broke through a barrier fence shattering into three pieces and bursting into flames before skidding to a stop at the edge of the highway. witnesses rushed to pull survivors out of the wreckage. the russian made tupolev 204 was flying back from the czech republic with no passengers and eight crew members on board. officials say four of them were killed including the pilots. the other four were seriously injured. an investigation has been opened but officials have already suggested that pilot error was to blame. miraculously, everyone on the highway su
. >> and is russia vladimir putin playing with children's lives . what he just did. >>> and the newspapers that published the names of licensed gun owners. fox and friends starts right now. ♪ >> julia: hello, everybody. >> three days left. three days left before we go head first over the fiscal cliff. >> julia: before we talk about the fiscal cliff. you did cavuto. you did o'rielly or i mean not o'rielly. the five. today you have this show and then cavuto and then on the five. >> you will be on the five. >> julia: and then other things. >> it is one of those days. iclele ladies and gentlemen, eric bowling -- boling is the mara thon man. >> it is good to be here. >> julia: yes, it is good to be here. >> kelly: thank you for joining us this morning. >> julia: the headlines and fox news alert it appears russian president vladimir putin is trying to make a political point at the expense of orphans. he signed a bill that bans americans from adopting russia children. i can't believe this happening in retaliation law for cracking down on russia human rights vialators. >> these children are not
: russia acknowledges that president bashar al-assad may be losing control in syria as the crisis in his country escalates. >>> 30 u.s. banks in the cross-hairs of cyberattackers. new warnings about a potential fraud attack. >>> starting today you might notice a big difference in tv commercials. we'll tell you about, "happening now." yes it is 12/13. doesn't have the ring. jenna: doesn't have the same exact ring. still a good day. jon: still a good day. good morning to you. i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. we have new concerns about north korea heading toward a new nuclear test after defiantly launching a rocket into orbit as we've been reporting to you here. north korean state television reporting, this is the video of the launch at the command center in that country. this rocket is similar to one that could carry an automatic warhead as far as california. while it appears to be orbiting the earth normally we're getting the word the rocket may not be functioning all that well. general fir griffin from the pentagon. what else are we learning about this launch? >> repor
process. lau laucktar raheemy met with russia's foreign minister in moscow today. they urged and end to civil war. >> it is also more and more sectarian, and if we are not careful, if the syrians themselves are not careful it will be a conflict with really dire conflicts for the syrian people. >> but it's not clear if the syrian regime or the rebels are listening as tanks and gunfire continue to fill syria's streets today. >>> egyptian president mohammed morsi is calling for an end to violence. he said syrian's president's regime has no place. he says a new constitution guarantees quality for all egyptians. >>> one sheriff says he knows how to keep kids safe in school after the newtown shooting. how to protect young students in his county. ♪ you are my sunshine, my only sunshine ♪ ♪ you make me happy [ female announcer ] choose the same brand your mom trusted for you. children's tylenol, the #1 brand of pain and fever relief recommended by pediatricians and used by moms decade after decade. trust duracell to power their donated toys? duralock power preserve. it locks in power f
. >>> russia banning american families from adopting russian children. apparently retaliation because the u.s. a drawing attention to human rights violations in the country. the ban takes effect new year's day. the u.n. you u.n. children's fund estimates there are about 740,000 orphans in it russia and over the last two decades american families have adopted 620,000 of them. i'm marianne rafferty. now -- 60,000 of them. i'm marianne rafferty. now, back to "on the record." >> greta: this is a fox news weather alert for the second time this week a large part of the country is bracing for an extreme winter storm. now, who is going to get slammed and when. in accuweather meteorologist jim dickey is tracking that storm. jim, who is going to get it first? >> seeing the snow right now already across southern illinois and southern, indiana. with the storm, not packing the punch that its predecessor did but still a wide swath of snow across the ohio valley spreading its way north and eastward and then the cold front with the system putting down substantial rainfall. good news is nothing in the way o
or three books and notepad and if for instance it is the week before the invasion of russia, mid june of 1941, i've got all the diaries piled up next to one chair, another of all the recollections, speeches churchill may have made, telegrams to roosevelt, warnings to stalin. and i approached it and i told bill phillips this -- host: your editor? guest: yes, my editor bill tphreupls. as if i was making a quilt. and i think this got a little off in the "new york times" artic article, that i would focus on that story that week, the invasion of russia. well, there was always something else happening that week, too. now we've two or three stories that have to be intertwined and i can't go down too far in the road to august of 1941 with the russian front and ca come all the way back to june 20 then go down to august with the african front. it wouldn't work. so, a read a lot. i bought harriman's memoirs. bill man westchester, in his notes, would xerox a page and cut out a little paragraph and 50 pages later you may find another paragraph from harriman's family worries but there was no contex
, it is the week before the invasion of russia, june 1941, i have all the diaries piled up next to one share. all of the recollections, the speeches churchill may have made, the telegrams to roosevelt, the warnings to stalin -- i approached it and i told bill phillips -- >> as your editor. >> my editor, bill phillips, as if i was making a quilt. this got a little off in the " new york times" article, but focusing on that week, the invasion of russia, there is always something else happening that week, so now we have two or three stories that have to be intertwined, and you cannot go too far down the road into august with the russian front and then come all the way back to june 20 again and then go all the way down to august with the african front and -- it would not work. so i read a lot. i bought the memoirs. bill manchester in his notes had xeroxed a page and cut out a paragraph. 50 pages later you might find another paragraph from the memoirs. but there is no contrast -- what team before and what came afterward. clearly bill wanted to paraphrase something from that excerpt, which kind of point
this next footage. anyone who has ever had their parking lot stolen is going to love this. this is in russia. we don't know why this is being towed. i've got to get me one of these, because i would just love to drive around town. >> in new york especially. if you just have a little bit of money to spend, maybe $6. 5 million, there's a ferrari with your name on it. it's being auctioned off in arizona. and it's the 17th model, apparently 1960s. so if you have $6.5 mil, it can be yours. muhammad, you got that >>> this morning on "world news now," health concerns. former president george h.w. bush is moved to intensive care. >> he's been in a houston hobble since thanksgiving and doctors say his health has taken an unfortunate turn. it's thursday, december 27. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and good morning. i'm brandi hitt in for paula faris. >> and i'm muhammad lila in for rob nelson. happy thursday morning. or as i'm learning, day four in our terminology here at "world news now." >> yes. i'm so glad you came back. we were so worried. sometimes this shift scares people away. >>
of his few remaining allies, russia. >> pelley: david, thank you. the assad dictatorship has ruled syria for more than 40 years. the syrian people rebelled last year and it's been open warfare ever since. it's extremely hazardous for reporters to get into the war zone, but elizabeth palmer managed to reach a neighborhood under siege on the outskirts of the capital city, damascus. >> reporter: it's 6:00 p.m. the heavy shelling doesn't usually start until 9:00, so it's safe to go for a tour of this wrecked and virtually deserted neighborhood. this was one of the first neighborhoods to rise up against president bashar al-assad and for almost two years it's been punished. now 80% of the residents have been driven out. our guide was 21-year-old sara. the few people who remain here are too poor to leave or, like sara, too committed to the anti- regime fight. you're among the 20% who stayed. why? better to live here and die with dignity than go to a refugee camp? >> yes, die and we will be proud. >> reporter: at home, most days there is enough to eat for three generations of this family. but on
missiles could mean for the larger conflict. alisyn: that is good context. what is russia saying now about the assad regime? >> reporter: yesterday they came out and said, all right, we think there is a possibility president assad would fall. this is one of those things speaking to truth as this russian diplomat did may not exactly jive with the party line. inside baseball here as russia came out today and forcefully gotten behind president assad said, no, no, our diplomat was misquoted. he was saying what the opposition was saying. a little fanciful. there was hope as the humanitarian crisis increases inside syria there are many more hundreds if not thousands of people dying inside syria that russia may be loosening ties to president assad. sadly for the united states and allies we found out that russia is continuing to hold fast with president assad their long time ally and happy to see him kill as many of his own citizens as he would like. alisyn: thanks leland. bill: you think about the last two years of headlines and think about this region how much it dominated the coverage we've had
bears. >> meet mashka and mishka, 3-month-old cubs that were rescued in eastern russia. the cubs' mother was apparently killed by hunters. that means the cubs would have been doomed in the wild. things are looking up for them. they're reportedly being well taken care of. >> that's the cutest moment right there. pops right out. >>> okay. from that to this. an incredible reunion between a woman and her cat. it's being called a christmas miracle. an arizona woman got her beloved cat back, seven years after she lost her. and little sofia was found in san diego, about 400 miles from her home in phoenix. here's the reunion. family could no longer care for sofia. so, they turned her into the humane society. and luckily, she had one of those identifying microchips. >> i'm beyond excited. i just want to get her back home. >> seven years later. tricia osterman says getting sofia back is a present she will never forget. >>> also this. best-selling writer, dennis lehane is so anxious to get his missing dog back, he will name a character after in his next book for his beloved beagle. he said he jumpe
by dry weather fort afternoon. >> new this morning a passenger airliner crashed in russia. we want to show you the first pictures the crash site. a twin engine jet over shot the runway. it broke apart and caught fire. so far two people have died. there are conflicting reports at this hour on the number of injuries, they range from six to ten. that plane belonged to a russian airline called red wings. we will bring you new information throughout the morning. >> india authorities charged six men with murdering a woman they say what gang raped and and beat on a bus. dozens of people outraged over the attack are holding daily protests. they want greater protection against violence toward women. the woman had massive internal injuries. she was airlifted to a hospital but died yesterday nearly two weeks after the attack. >> i can only assure the family that the government will take whatever steps are needed to ensure that the killers get the hardest punishment. >> and if convicted the six face the death penalty. >> a lawyer is asking for permission to sue the state of connecticut ove
out of russia tonight where a plane broke into pieces after sliding off a runway. the jet, belonging to the russian airline red wings, veered on to a snowy field and a highway after landing it broke apart, caught fire, killing at least four crew members and injuring four others. the plane had flown back from the czech republic and was not carrying any passengers. >>> back in this country, in arizona controversial sheriff joe arpaio is making headlines again tonight with a proposal to station armed posses outside public schools. arpaio says he wants to place the volunteers at 50 schools in the phoenix area within a week, although arizona law currently prohibits carrying guns on public school grounds. the idea follows of course the school shootings in newtown, connecticut and the nra's call to station armed officers at public schools. >>> and the first step toward a potential lawsuit in connecticut after the shootings at sandy hook elementary. paperwork has been filed for a $100 million claim on behalf of one of the children who lived through the tragedy. a lawyer for the 6-year-old su
's a major highway. >> russia's air fatality rate is three times higher than the world's average. investigation has been opened up into today's crash. abc news, moscow. >>> in chicago tonight, a stunning milestone to mark this year's end. 500 homicides in that city, near a record high, which they attribute to gang violence and illegal guns. in new york city, 414 murders. the lowest in 40 years. >>> the mayor here michael bloomberg is making headlines when he talked about the crime numbers. one of the reasons of thefts is the iphone. >> it's part of an expending robbery epidemic, apple taking. this survey vance video shows a thief sneaking up on her and putting her in a head lock. new york major michael bloomberg said that iphone thefts are single handedly driving up the city's crime rate. >> thefts of apple products, our total crime rate would be lower than it was last year. >> in new york city alone, iphone theft has spiked 30%.d. in washington, d.c., police told our pierre thomas, they make up 40% of all robberies. >> they target those who are more vulnerable, women, women with
. >> but the state department is encouraging russia to withdraw their support and join with the u.s. in implementing a political transition. that has not happened yet. but this was very significant they came out and said this. >> we've seen how brutal assad has been. two years in the civil war. still a volatile situation. >>> look how they settle their differences in ukraine's capital. a full-blown brawl brokeute in parliament in kiev. grown men pushing, shoving and punching over the election over a new speaker. is that a mosh pit going on, too? the head of the opposition happens to be the world heavyweight boxing champ. fortunately, he decided to sit this one out. wow. they were rolling their sleeves up and going at it. ding, next round. >> looks like one of our staff meetings. >> we only have five people. >>> today's play of the day is also a new contender for most embarrassing nfl play of the season. this is great. >> courtesy of the eagles. look at this, punts the ball right into his own blocker. been that kind of year for the eagles. they got blown out, 34-13. their record is a dreadful 4-10. t
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